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Dog grabs and eats dog fur

R. Bear
June 22nd, 2013, 02:30 PM
My friend has a German Shepherd and I help brush all the shedding undercoat at this time of year. Problem is my 9 year old Min Pin will grab the clumps of hair that come off the comb and eat mouthfuls of the stuff. I have searched around and it does appear that this isn't as rare as I thought, but does anyone know WHY a dog (or any other living being) would find a mouthful of hair to be palatable? And will this behaviour cause any damage to the dog? He seems to be ok but he's so obsessed that I think from now on I'll tie him up out of reach while I help brush the Shepherd since I just don't feel that this can be a good thing..:shrug:

June 22nd, 2013, 04:20 PM
I found this web site that explains why dogs eat weird things. It's called Pica
and I never heard of this until right now

The web site said eating odds things could cause a blockage in a pet , so you should try to keep your dog from eating anymore fur. My dog likes to eat tissues and I have to be careful
abut this.

R. Bear
June 29th, 2013, 07:06 AM
Thanks for the advice. I am tying him to a tree while we brush the furry dogs. He doesn't like it, but it's for his own good!!

June 29th, 2013, 10:51 PM
I had a manchester terrier that used to pull the hair off my golden's tail and eat it!!!! Strange eh?